diane gabriel

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I have two daughters of my own and I cherish the photos that I have of them and wished that I had taken more. Photography and working with children have always been two separate passions of mine, and they intertwined after the birth of my first grandson. I fell deeper in love with him behind my camera lens. Cradling, swaddling, and posing him during his first few days in the world taught me the significance and beauty of newborn photography. The subtle smile and sleepy movement of a newborn warms my heart! After years of working with children as an elementary school teacher, my adoration for little fingers and innocent smiles continues to grow.

 I would love to be your family's photographer. Let’s chat and see how we can make some magic!


Your Experienced family & Motherhood photographer

Hi, I'm diane

am so excited you're here. Congratulations on your growing family and the newest arrival! Your family is amazing and professional portraits celebrate you and your love of family. When great portraits are printed and displayed in your home, they are a legacy for your family. Your children will cherish family portraits every time they walk past the portraits and see the history of their family.


You deserve the best!  If you are looking for personalized service and and professional portraits that celebrate you and your family, I will honor that!

I am committed to exceptional customer service. Photography sessions can be in studio, in the comfort of your own home, or on location at local parks and beaches. In addition to my passion of photography, I have had much in-person training in posing and the safety of newborns by photographers worldwide who are experts in their field. I continue training to keep up with current tends and safety guidelines. I am a Certified Professional Photographer through Professional Photographers of America and have received the Safety Certification through Accredited Professional Newborn Photographers International. I continue training to keep up with current tends and safety guidelines. My photography expertise is rooted in love, and it’s my immense pleasure to capture soft, natural images that you can cherish forever.

My Photography Approach

What it's like working with me

  We met shortly after college and married a couple years later.  I really wouldn't be were I am today with him! We have raised two beautiful, intelligent daughters and have been blessed with three super adorable grandchildren, ages 1 - 5 years old.  We have gone on so many adventures!  


When I am not doing my favorite activity - photographing sweet babies or lovely families, I love to travel.  My family  and I have shared many adventures along the way.  Whether it's hiking on a glacier in New Zealand, sailing to Catalina or the Channel Islands or visiting one of my favorite countries - Italy - we have had a lot of fun.  I enjoy learning about all cultures and places.  Traveling is so exciting!


Whether it's a quick sail up and down our beautiful southern California coastline or a trip to Catalina Island, nothing beats a relaxing, quiet sailing trip. And it's so fascinating to see the sea life -dolphins and, hopefully; a whale!


  The most important part of my day! I 've been a coffee lover/snob for a long time.  One of my favorite things is to get some really good whole coffee beans and then grind them just before brewing.  Just love that frothy brew!


My Favorite Things

Diane is artistic and passionate and captures amazing shots. We are so incredibly pleased with the photos that Diane did of our newborn baby girl. Diane went beyond our expectations - we were not expecting all the different poses and options, and we're delighted with the results. We always felt that she was mindful of our baby's comfort and safety as well. Diane is warm and friendly and easy to get along with; she is clearly a photographer because she delights in capturing important moments artistically.

"Diane went beyond our expectations."

I was referred to Diane through a friend of a friend to do my newborn son’s photos. I was very thrilled with how quickly she responded from the very start and how communicative she was and that she checked in with me (preggo & mom brain made me very forgetful). I contacted her while I was still pregnant and then after I had my baby to set up his photo shoot and she was so helpful with giving information and answering all my questions. We decided to do our session in home because that was easier with a new baby. She came with so many options for props and backgrounds! It was so wonderful. She was patient with my baby and with me which was helpful especially when my baby ended up being fussy. She then came back over a few days later to look through the photos with me and to look through packages. I would highly recommend her!  - Lauren

"I would highly recommend her!"

My family and I loved working with Diane. She took such outstanding photos of my newborn that we went back months later for our Christmas card photo as well. Diane was very professional and I appreciated how quickly she gave me our photos. I would highly recommend her for your family.  CB

"my family and I loved working with Diane"

Diane was awesome! She recently took my photos and did a really great job. She is incredibly responsive and before she takes your pictures she really takes her time to talk to you about what you want. She offers affordable packages and is also willing to travel to you to show you your pictures. Overall, she does a great job making this experience about YOU. Highly recommend!   l.R.

"she does a great job making this experience about YOU!"


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